Israel to Broaden Ground Effort in Lebanon Israel's Security Cabinet approves a wider ground offensive in south Lebanon, authorizing troops to push to the Litani River some 18 miles into Lebanon. Israel says the operation should last about 30 days. Currently, 10,000 soldiers are fighting Hezbollah in a narrow band of Lebanese territory that is about four miles deep.

Israel to Broaden Ground Effort in Lebanon

Israel widens Lebanon offensive.

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Israel's Security Cabinet approves a wider ground offensive in south Lebanon, authorizing troops to push to the Litani River some 18 miles into Lebanon. Israel says the operation should last about 30 days. Currently, 10,000 soldiers are fighting Hezbollah in a narrow band of Lebanese territory that is about four miles deep.

Israeli soldiers on a tank crossing into southern Lebanon on Wednesday. Denis Sinyakov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli soldiers on a tank crossing into southern Lebanon on Wednesday.

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Three Israeli soldiers and 35 Hezbollah guerrillas were reported killed Tuesday in fighting in the Lebanese village of Bint Jbeil. Meanwhile, Israeli bombs hit the port city of Sidon, while Hezbollah launched more than 160 rockets into northern Israel. NPR hide caption

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Three Israeli soldiers and 35 Hezbollah guerrillas were reported killed Tuesday in fighting in the Lebanese village of Bint Jbeil. Meanwhile, Israeli bombs hit the port city of Sidon, while Hezbollah launched more than 160 rockets into northern Israel.

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